When you think about females who were pioneers in their respective fields, the names Rosa Parks, Betsy Ross and Clara Barton come to mind. However, when the Capitol receives its first life-size statue of a woman this summer, it will be a 7-foot bronze sculpture of Nettie Depp.

No one asks to be a crime victim. For many, the experience is the worst situation they will ever face. And for some, it is also their last.

"There is nothing permanent except change." --Heraclitus

While legislators are meeting in Frankfort during this year's General Assembly session, they will look for ways to improve Kentucky's communities, grow the state's workforce and provide an affordable way for students to attend and pay for college.

Following a long weekend honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work on your behalf in Frankfort. The atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as hundreds of citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with …

I joined legislators from throughout Kentucky in Frankfort this week as House and Senate members convened the 2020 Regular Session. I am always reminded that it is a privilege to serve this district and our communities, an honor and responsibility that I take very seriously. I hope to contin…

The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session on Tuesday with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fort …

As we move into the new year, I've been reflecting on what we have accomplished in 2019 on behalf of the 1st Congressional District. Every time I returned to Kentucky throughout 2019, I heard loud and clear the priorities of my constituents, which have been to enact policies that put working…

2019 was the year of the meme. A meme is a humorous image, video or text that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users. If you've been on Facebook at all the past couple months, you probably saw that image of the blonde woman screaming and pointing at a w…

As we round out an exciting year of celebrating Kentucky Farm Bureau's centennial, I find myself reflecting on the past -- the past year of celebrations and the past century of Kentucky Farm Bureau. After all of the 100-year celebrations, ceremonies, presentations, and excitement, it is clea…

Local news is the bedrock of America's democracy, holding leaders accountable and keeping residents informed about what's happening in their communities. Without regular, high-quality news coverage, communities see increased government costs. People who are regular news consumers are also mo…

In April of next year, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin the decennial census of every household in the United States. While the census will be used for several governmental determinations such as apportionment of Congressional seats, the data is also incredibly important to Head Start progr…

A proposed bill for the 2020 General Assembly seeks to expand the list of those allowed to vote with an absentee ballot to include medical professionals, first responders and other "essential services personnel."

December, most notably known as the month that ushers in the holiday season, is also National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month -- serving as a reminder to us all to hand over the keys to a sober driver when overindulging.

National partisanship in the U.S. has been on the rise for decades. We thought political division was bad in the 1990s when Republicans impeached President Bill Clinton. We thought we had reached peak division in the 2000s when Democrats were constantly aghast at the decisions of President G…

Governor-elect Andy Beshear and future First Lady Britainy Beshear are holding an inauguration poster contest and invite children to submit artwork reflecting Kentuckians working together to accomplish "common goals we all share."

No matter where I'm meeting with Kentuckians, whether it's in Pikeville, Paducah, or my office in Washington, D.C., the issue of infrastructure is always a top concern. Just last month, as I made my way to those cities and dozens more, I heard about many projects in desperate need of funding…

There is no doubt that putting in place quality infrastructure, including roads, bridges and water systems, is incredibly vital to our quality of life. We depend on safe roads, quality drinking water, and reliable forms of energy. It makes perfect sense that these should be among the most im…

He kept the state in suspense for more than a week, but in the end, Gov. Matt Bevin conceded the governor's race to Attorney General Andy Beshear, rightfully concluding "we're going to have a change in the governorship based on the vote of the people."

The Bluegrass State is synonymous with horse racing, bourbon and Kentucky Fried Chicken. However, the time has come for Kentuckians to put down the drumstick and pass on the extra helping of mashed taters. Data released this week shows Kentuckians' waistlines are expanding.

More and more health professionals are establishing that vaping is harmful to users and Kentucky lawmakers are taking an aim at the new epidemic.

Whatever plans you may have for November 5, I hope they include a visit to your polling place to cast your ballot in this year's election. Every election is important, but this one is particularly critical as we will be voting for our Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secre…

I'm writing to support Michael G Adams in the November 5 election for Secretary of State. Michael was proudly born and raised in Paducah and is the only Western Kentuckian running for statewide office. All of our constitutional officers are from East of I-65, and it is time Western KY had a …

One look at the calendar will show you how quickly this year is slipping away. We have only 8 Sundays until Christmas, 9 until we welcome in the New Year and less than 80 days until the Kentucky General Assembly convenes the 2020 Regular Session.

We, the citizens and voters of Marshall County, owe the Honorable Federal Judge Russell of our district, the U.S. Constitution and the Kentucky Constitution, a big "thanks" for protecting the people of Marshall County in the E-911 case, and for the $7.00 fee to be collected by our power comp…

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"There is nothing permanent except change." --Heraclitus

While legislators are meeting in Frankfort during this year's General Assembly session, they will look for ways to improve Kentucky's communities, grow the state's workforce and provide an affordable way for students to attend and pay for college.

I joined legislators from throughout Kentucky in Frankfort this week as House and Senate members convened the 2020 Regular Session. I am always reminded that it is a privilege to serve this district and our communities, an honor and responsibility that I take very seriously. I hope to contin…

The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session on Tuesday with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fort …

As we move into the new year, I've been reflecting on what we have accomplished in 2019 on behalf of the 1st Congressional District. Every time I returned to Kentucky throughout 2019, I heard loud and clear the priorities of my constituents, which have been to enact policies that put working…

2019 was the year of the meme. A meme is a humorous image, video or text that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users. If you've been on Facebook at all the past couple months, you probably saw that image of the blonde woman screaming and pointing at a w…

As we round out an exciting year of celebrating Kentucky Farm Bureau's centennial, I find myself reflecting on the past -- the past year of celebrations and the past century of Kentucky Farm Bureau. After all of the 100-year celebrations, ceremonies, presentations, and excitement, it is clea…

Local news is the bedrock of America's democracy, holding leaders accountable and keeping residents informed about what's happening in their communities. Without regular, high-quality news coverage, communities see increased government costs. People who are regular news consumers are also mo…

In April of next year, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin the decennial census of every household in the United States. While the census will be used for several governmental determinations such as apportionment of Congressional seats, the data is also incredibly important to Head Start progr…

A proposed bill for the 2020 General Assembly seeks to expand the list of those allowed to vote with an absentee ballot to include medical professionals, first responders and other "essential services personnel."

December, most notably known as the month that ushers in the holiday season, is also National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month -- serving as a reminder to us all to hand over the keys to a sober driver when overindulging.

National partisanship in the U.S. has been on the rise for decades. We thought political division was bad in the 1990s when Republicans impeached President Bill Clinton. We thought we had reached peak division in the 2000s when Democrats were constantly aghast at the decisions of President G…

Governor-elect Andy Beshear and future First Lady Britainy Beshear are holding an inauguration poster contest and invite children to submit artwork reflecting Kentuckians working together to accomplish "common goals we all share."

No matter where I'm meeting with Kentuckians, whether it's in Pikeville, Paducah, or my office in Washington, D.C., the issue of infrastructure is always a top concern. Just last month, as I made my way to those cities and dozens more, I heard about many projects in desperate need of funding…

There is no doubt that putting in place quality infrastructure, including roads, bridges and water systems, is incredibly vital to our quality of life. We depend on safe roads, quality drinking water, and reliable forms of energy. It makes perfect sense that these should be among the most im…

He kept the state in suspense for more than a week, but in the end, Gov. Matt Bevin conceded the governor's race to Attorney General Andy Beshear, rightfully concluding "we're going to have a change in the governorship based on the vote of the people."

The Bluegrass State is synonymous with horse racing, bourbon and Kentucky Fried Chicken. However, the time has come for Kentuckians to put down the drumstick and pass on the extra helping of mashed taters. Data released this week shows Kentuckians' waistlines are expanding.

More and more health professionals are establishing that vaping is harmful to users and Kentucky lawmakers are taking an aim at the new epidemic.

Whatever plans you may have for November 5, I hope they include a visit to your polling place to cast your ballot in this year's election. Every election is important, but this one is particularly critical as we will be voting for our Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secre…

I'm writing to support Michael G Adams in the November 5 election for Secretary of State. Michael was proudly born and raised in Paducah and is the only Western Kentuckian running for statewide office. All of our constitutional officers are from East of I-65, and it is time Western KY had a …

One look at the calendar will show you how quickly this year is slipping away. We have only 8 Sundays until Christmas, 9 until we welcome in the New Year and less than 80 days until the Kentucky General Assembly convenes the 2020 Regular Session.

We, the citizens and voters of Marshall County, owe the Honorable Federal Judge Russell of our district, the U.S. Constitution and the Kentucky Constitution, a big "thanks" for protecting the people of Marshall County in the E-911 case, and for the $7.00 fee to be collected by our power comp…

Kentucky could be the next state to enact a law that would prohibit using a cellphone or other personal communication devices in any way while driving.

As county commissioner, I have prided myself on being a strong advocate of our local farmers because I know the importance they serve in our economy and in our communities. That's why I am as equally proud to offer my fullest support for the re-election campaign of Agriculture Commissioner R…

The legislature's interim joint committees met this week in preparation for the next legislative session, which will convene on January 7, 2020. We heard testimony on several bills that have been pre-filed for session, but also received updates from state agencies on state programs.

Now that the NEA has fully embraced abortion-on-demand advocacy, KEA teachers are disenfranchised.

Recently, we celebrated National Voter Registration Day. Thousands of organizations and people all across the country rallied together to register people to do the one thing that is essential for a representative democracy-vote. These activities always remind me just how sacred the right to …

Just two weeks ago, an 18-year old woman left a high school football game in her hometown. She could not have known that, just moments after cheering on her football team and spending time with friends and family, the car she was driving would be hit during the high speed chase of a man alle…

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and, coming up in a few weeks is Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Interim committees met September 9 through 13 for their monthly meetings, bringing together members of the House and Senate to hear from state government officials and members of the public about the issues we will be looking at during the next session. I believe I have shared that this year…

One of the more contentious issues in the "lakes area" is the proliferation of "short term vacation rentals," advertised via VRBO, AIR B&B or other methods.